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Comment: Oh Man- My Lightshow (Score 5, Interesting) 400

by gnarfel (#45475619) Attached to: Winamp Shutting Down On December 20
My very first light shows we're done using AVS Studio plugin. It was sick. You could render text, create complicated intricate patterns, specify coloring directly (not just a pass filter over an existing image) and even adjust all of it in real time on a second monitor. Modern VJ apps like arkaos and resolume don't even dent the surface of the on-the-fly stuff you could do in AVS, even if they do have more features overall.

Comment: Re:So (Score 1) 122

by gnarfel (#37222194) Attached to: Coordinated, Global ATM Heist Nets $13 Million
Depends on the size of your institution. The one I work at uses live, current balances. Then again, we're a not-for-profit credit union, so we actually care about our members and their accounts. (And we don't make a profit, we give it back at the end of the year as a nice random deposit into your savings, divided by the total number of members.)

Comment: Re:Wavosaur mashed Audacity in my setup (Score 2) 51

by gnarfel (#37098726) Attached to: Book Review: Getting Started With Audacity 1.3
(Ok, so I understand that this is probably not the recommended way to use Audacity, but it's infuriating nonetheless.)

I use Audacity to record music from each stage independently at multi-stage festivals. I can go to Wal-mart and buy 300$ laptops and use USB soundcard devices to get my 1/4" or XLR inputs, and it definitely works well enough. The biggest advice I can offer anybody is DON'T RUN OUT OF DISK SPACE!! Audacity can easily handle ~18 hour recordings, I'm going through one right now. However, if you run out of disk space, the ENTIRE PROJECT FILE is useless. It overwrites the beginning files, destroys the metadata that ties all the 2MB files together, and takes countless hours to repair. Now, when you're the only person who is hitting that 'Stop', 'Save', 'Record' button on one laptop, it's not bad. But, when you have 5 stages it's nice to do a level check and walk away. When you end up with 80GB of data (number out of my ass), and you only had 76GB free on the computer, now I've lost at least an entire day of productivity.

So, don't get me wrong. I LOVE Audacity, it works well, but there are caveats as TFS implied.

Also, Audacity, why do you do my edits inline? Have you ever heard of insert patches? I always have to copy my original track to a second track (oh great, ANOTHER 80GB data chunk, just so I can edit?), edit and master to my heart's content, then delete the original when I'm satisfied. If anyone has ever used ProTools or Cubase or Reason/Record or any of the 'big name' tools, you'd understand why Aud's implementation is somewhat retarded.

Okay, time for another coffee.

Comment: Re:People with unreliable ISP-provided email (Score 2) 212

by gnarfel (#36624876) Attached to: Spamming Becoming Financially Infeasible
GMail? SMTP Relay services? It's nearly impossible to actually run your own mail server now-a-days anyways, unless you want to jump through all the hoops required (DNS records, etc). I personally had a need for it not too long ago, I had a connection that was intermittent at best but we needed local e-mail as well. We simply set up our own server on the LAN and paid for an amazon ec2 instance that simply forwarded all incoming and outgoing mail for us.

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